SIGNAL established the first Israel Studies Programs (ISPs) at universities in China. During 2011-2012, SIGNAL opened ISPs in cooperation with Sichuan International Studies University (SISU) in Chongqing, Henan University in Kaifeng, Shanghai International Studies University (SHISU) in Shanghai and Shihezi University in Shihezi, Xinjiang. Each program is customized to the specific character of the university and the province to engage students and faculty in the study of the modern State of Israel and its people in the most effective manner.
SIGNAL sponsored Israel Studies research paper competitions expose an ever-growing number of students to the modern Jewish State. For a full semester, under faculty supervised research, the students focus on a range of topics including Israel’s history, society, culture and politics.
Sichuan International Studies University:
The first Israel Studies research paper competition spanned from November 2010 to October 2011. Over 150 students submitted abstracts to participate in the competition. 76 were accepted. Each had a faculty supervisor. The event celebrating the competition winners took place in Oct. 2011.There were 26 winners – 1 first place – 10 second place and 15 third place winners.
ISU’s ISP in November 2012 held its second annual Israel Studies research paper competition and is currently planning its third research paper competition.
The ISP’s faculty includes professors and lecturers who studied at Bar Ilan University through SIGNAL’s ISP Lecturers’ Training Program in 2011 and 2012. Chen Guangmeng, who attended the Yad Vashem seminar and ISP training program in 2012, and Wu Bing, who attended in 2011, will start teaching at the SISU ISP in January 2013.